Cathay Pacific Airways will add nine flights a week to its Indonesia schedule because of rising demand, according to the carrier's country manager James Ginns. The new flights, to be introduced next week, will bring the Hong Kong-based carrier's total weekly flights for Indonesia to 28. Mr Ginns said the new flights were in response to a 30 per cent growth in passenger revenue last year. 'A 30 per cent growth is very impressive, and last year we found that our flights couldn't meet the high demand,' he told the Jakarta Post. According to Mr Ginns, the new schedule will exceed the 24 flights a week the carrier operated before the economic crisis hit the country in September 1997. The Hong Kong-Jakarta afternoon route will be increased to a daily non-stop flight from its present three times a week. 'In addition to that we also have our daily morning flights to Hong Kong via Singapore,' said Mr Ginns. Cathay's assistant manager for marketing and passenger sales, Ida Sylviana Bekti, said the airline would increase the number of non-stop flights on the Hong Kong-Surabaya route to three a week instead of the present two. The Hong Kong-Denpasar non-stop route will now be flown 11 times a week from the previous seven. Mr Ida said the load factor for last year averaged 75 per cent for all destinations in Indonesia and for an airline service this was an ideal percentage. 'Seventy-five per cent is a comfortable load factor, more than 80 per cent would mean that we were losing bookings,' he said. Mr Ginns said more than 80 per cent would mean that the airline had to reject some of its potential passengers. He said he expected the load factor to stay at an average of 75 per cent this year, despite the slight drop in the first two months due to the aftermath of the double peak season last year. 'This is just a momentary phenomena, and I'm optimistic that passenger levels will pick up again for the rest of the year,' Mr Ginns said.